The Ghostbusters 3 rumors have ranged from ridiculous to mundane, but Dr. Raymond Stantz himself recently spoke to Empire about the supernatural comedy chatter. Dan Aykroyd spent time discussing the screenplay for the third installment, saying that it must be absolutely perfect. "We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do," he shared. If the screenwriter can get things right, Rick Moranis would definitely be a "major component" in the story. Moranis of course played Louis Tully, Dana Barrett's nerdy neighbor who vies for her affection. He also becomes "The Keymaster" when possessed by a demon. "None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant," Aykroyd confirmed. Billy Murray, however, may not return as Peter Venkman. The actor-writer told Empire that the character could be played by a different actor, "à la Jack Ryan." As far as those weird script-shredding rumors we told you about are concerned, Aykroyd calls bullsh*t:
"Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business. We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work."
Did Aykroyd help dispel some of the rumors, or do you have more questions than answers?
Ready for more Muppets? Kermit le frog says there will be more puppety creatures in our future on the small screen, according to Bleeding Cool. The website shared an excerpt of the famous frog's recent interview on TV show This Morning. Miss Piggy also appeared during the segment. When asked if the rumors about a return to television, the conversation went something like this:
Miss Piggy: I’ve been talking about it for a long while.
Kermit: We have been, yes, yes. I think that if this movie does as well as we’d like, if people want to see us, sure, we’ll probably do more movies … it’s nothing official … but there’s all this hush-hush Hollywood talk.
Piggy: Then make it official.
Kermit: Okay, it’s official."
If you need actual human confirmation, Bleeding Cool points to this THR quote from December courtesy of producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman:
"We’ve been discussing the potential for something. We don’t know what it is or anything about it, it just started coming up recently — very early, nascent discussions of something potential that I wouldn’t even say is definitely going to happen."
Sound like something, or nothing?
Rambo 5 screenwriter Sean Hood recently revealed on Twitter that the project was on hold until Sylvester Stallone could A) finish The Expendables 2 and B) decide if he wants the film to be "Unforgiven" or a "passing of the torch." Hood didn't elaborate on what he meant by the last bit, but presumably Stallone is considering taking the tone of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, which would essentially be a final goodbye to those types of films and characters. If he doesn't do that, though, he may opt for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull route and leave the film open for the possibility of spawning sequels with a new character for a new generation. Time will tell.